Tangle of Matter & Ghost

Leonard Cohen's Post Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond

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Aubrey Glazer
New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , February
     2017.
     336 pages.
     $82.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781618115492.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christopher W. Chase forthcoming.

Description

Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond analyzes the lyrical poetry of Leonard Cohen through a post-secular lens. The volume fuses sophisticated theory and popular culture with critical analysis that is lacking in most of the rock n’ roll biographies about Leonard Cohen. How does this mystical maestro’s songbook emerge to illuminate questions of meaning making in a post-secular context when correlated with thinkers like Charles Taylor, Edward S. Casey, Jurgen Habermas, Slavoj Žižek, Jeffrey Kripal and Harold Bloom along with others. Cohen’s mysticism is also analyzed in relationship to Kabbalah, Hasidism and Rinzai Buddhism. Tangle of Matter & Ghost presents a unique inter-disciplinary approach to Jewish philosophy and literary studies with wide appeal for diverse audiences and readership.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Aubrey L. Glazer is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco. His latest books dedicated to exploring Jewish philosophy in different contexts: Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Over the Divide (Academic Studies Press, 2013) and A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (Continuum, 2011) recently translated into Hebrew (Resling Press, 2015).

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